I-70 reopens near Eisenhower Tunnel after semitruck crashes, loses load of pipes

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Interstate 70 was closed for about three hours Wednesday near the Eisenhower Tunnel after a semitruck crashed and lost a load of pipes on the interstate, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Two vehicles and the semitruck were involved in the crash about 4 p.m.

The Colorado State Patrol said the pipes completely blocked the westbound lanes of the interstate and the semitruck had to be towed.

The truck driver complained of injuries but it’s not known if he was taken to a hospital.

One other person from one of the vehicles had to be extricated and taken to a hospital. The extent of that person’s injuries is not known.

The Colorado State Patrol is working on opening two eastbound lanes but say the westbound lanes will be “closed for an extended period of time.”

The interstate reopened about 7:30 p.m.